Six Great Reasons Why Effective CEOs Attend CEO’s Day


1. Keep up with new ideas
Learn about cutting edge ideas and keeping up with new practices and processes with an industry perspective. Presentations grounded in contemporary practice will provide delegates with up-to-date insights. Consider old and new challenges with a different perspective. Attending the Better Boards Conference might help to plug some knowledge gaps that you didn’t even know you had. The content and subjects presented at the Conference vary greatly and there is something for everyone, no matter what type or size organisation they serve.

2. Never stop networking
CEO’s Day is a great opportunity to develop new networks with other CEOs and senior managers in the not-for-profit sector. The intimate feel of CEO’s Day, which is capped at 100 delegates, creates an ideal environment for fostering new connections with other professionals from the sector and generating collaborative opportunities. Most CEOs have strong connections with other organisations and executives in their industry, but limited contact with other not-for-profit organisations, which can provide extensive opportunities for sharing, collaborating and gaining insights.


3. Peer learning
Learning from others’ experiences and taking on their feedback is a great way to benchmark your governance and leadership knowledge and skills. Much can be learnt from other attendees in addition to the conference speakers. Gain insights and share your experiences and perspectives with other leaders. Discover commonality with executives in other industries who might also lead a small organisation with funding challenges or face similar issues with transforming staff culture and have the tried-and-tested answers you were looking for. Other delegates can offer real industry knowledge and advice that is practical and up-to-date.


4. It’s lonely at the top
The role of CEO can be a lonely one, caught between the strategic drive of the board and the operational management of staff. CEOs are lauded for successes and blamed for failures, regardless of mitigating circumstances or unavoidable setbacks. CEO’s Day provides an ideal opportunity to escape your silo and be around other CEOs to discuss the challenges that are peculiar to this role and seek context, perspective and a new outlook. As the most senior executive in your organisation, there isn’t always someone to give you open and honest feedback about how you can improve your performance, but your peers can do this.


5. Prepare for the future
CEOs of cutting edge organisations have recognised that they and their organisations have moved to a world of few constraints and many variables. It is no longer a just case of “disrupt or be disrupted”, “adapt or die”, but one of governing and leading for the unpredictable. This year’s CEO’s Day and Better Boards Conference aims to highlight the mindset and strategies leaders will need to ensure the successful governance and leadership of their not-for-profit organisation in unpredictable times.


6. Re-engage and re-energise
Engage with others in the sector and take inspiration from their great ideas. Attendees at CEO’s Day this year will have the opportunity to visit an innovative organisation during the off-site component of the day. Both organisations have fantastic examples of innovation and how you can adapt to flourish in unpredictable environments. Following the CEO’s Leadership Breakfast with Westpac, delegates will have the opportunity to visit either Micah Projects/Common Ground Queensland or Burnie Brae, two innovative Brisbane organisations.


Register online for CEO’s Day or the Better Boards Conference 2017.

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